Are you a child of God?
Many would answer that question, “Of course, isn’t everyone?” This is a common belief, but what is that belief based upon? Does the Bible teach we are all the children of God or is it just someone’s opinion?
Genesis chapters one and two describe God’s creative acts. On the sixth day, God created man. All men have a common ancestor in Adam, but the Scriptures do not make the leap to call God our father.
The concept of the Fatherhood of God is not found until God chose the nation of Israel to be his people and established the Old Testament Law, the means by which they might be made acceptable unto him and able to approach him.
God is not, by default, the father of anyone. The Pharisees were corrected by Jesus Christ regarding that false assumption. John (8:38-44) says, “I speak that which I have seen with my Father: and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God. Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech? Even because ye cannot hear my word. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do.”
Jesus Christ identified these religious people as children of the devil, not God. Their actions revealed their heritage.
The Bible teaches that since Adam and Eve’s sin in the Garden of Eden, all are sinners, estranged from God, children of the devil, Ephesians (2:1-3). Man’s condition was hopeless. God, in the form of Jesus Christ, came to this earth, suffered, died, and three days later rose from the grave to provide a means for man to be reconciled to him, to have his sins forgiven, to receive God’s righteousness, to be adopted into the family of God, 1Corinthians (15:1-4,) Romans (5:10,) 2Corinthians (5:19-21,) Colossians (1:19-21,) Galatians (4:4-5).
Jesus Christ paid the penalty for sins, his blood was shed as a substitute for all who would believe on him. John (1: 12) says, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
The Bible clearly teaches that an individual becomes a child of God by placing his faith and trust on Jesus Christ and the offering he made. It has nothing to do with who you are, how good you are, what church you attend, etc. It has only to do with what Jesus Christ has done and ones receiving him as savior. If you could earn salvation, why did he die?
If you would like to become his child, you can, right now. Pray, confess your sin, repent and be adopted into the family of God.